“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, November 07, 2009

The shrinking Obama

Here is Obama choking with sorrow over the Fort Hood tragedy:

The Myth of '08, Demolished
By Charles Krauthammer Washington Post

WASHINGTON -- Sure, Election Day 2009 will scare moderate Democrats and make passage of Obamacare more difficult. Sure, it makes it easier for resurgent Republicans to raise money and recruit candidates for 2010. But the most important effect of Tuesday's elections is historical. It demolishes the great realignment myth of 2008.

In the aftermath of last year's Obama sweep, we heard endlessly about its fundamental, revolutionary, transformational nature. How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics -- most prominently, rising minorities and the young -- would bury the GOP far into the future. One book proclaimed "The Death of Conservatism," while the more modest merely predicted the terminal decline of the Republican Party into a regional party of the Deep South or a rump party of marginalized angry white men.

This was all ridiculous from the beginning. 2008 was a historical anomaly. A uniquely charismatic candidate was running at a time of deep war weariness, with an intensely unpopular Republican president, against a politically incompetent opponent, amid the greatest financial collapse since the Great Depression. And still he won by only seven points.

Exactly a year later comes the empirical validation of that skepticism. Virginia -- presumed harbinger of the new realignment, having gone Democratic in '08 for the first time in 44 years -- went red again. With a vengeance. Barack Obama had carried it by six points. The Republican gubernatorial candidate won by 17 -- a 23-point swing. New Jersey went from plus 15 Democratic in 2008 to minus 4 in 2009. A 19-point swing.

What happened? The vaunted Obama realignment vanished. In 2009 in Virginia, the black vote was down by 20 percent; the under-30 vote by 50 percent. And as for independents, the ultimate prize of any realignment, they bolted. In both Virginia and New Jersey they'd gone narrowly for Obama in '08. This year they went Republican by a staggering 33 points in Virginia and by an equally shocking 30 points in New Jersey.

White House apologists will say the Virginia Democrat was weak. If the difference between Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds was so great, how come when the same two men ran against each other statewide for attorney general four years ago the race was a virtual dead heat? Which made the '09 McDonnell-Deeds rematch the closest you get in politics to a laboratory experiment for measuring the change in external conditions. Run them against each other again when it's Obamaism in action and see what happens. What happened was a Republican landslide.

The Obama coattails of 2008 are gone. The expansion of the electorate, the excitement of the young, came in uniquely propitious Democratic circumstances and amid unparalleled enthusiasm for electing the first African-American president.

November '08 was one-shot, one-time, never to be replicated. Nor was November '09 a realignment. It was a return to the norm -- and definitive confirmation that 2008 was one of the great flukes in American political history.

The irony of 2009 is that the anti-Democratic tide overshot the norm -- deeply blue New Jersey, for example, elected a Republican governor for the first time in 12 years -- because Democrats so thoroughly misread 2008 and the mandate they assumed it bestowed. Obama saw himself as anointed by a watershed victory to remake American life. Not letting the cup pass from his lips, he declared to Congress only five weeks after his swearing-in his "New Foundation" for America -- from remaking the one-sixth of the American economy that is health care to massive government regulation of the economic lifeblood that is energy.

Moreover, the same conventional wisdom that proclaimed the dawning of a new age last November dismissed the inevitable popular reaction to Obama's hubristic expansion of government, taxation, spending and debt -- the tea party demonstrators, the town hall protesters -- as a raging rabble of resentful reactionaries, AstroTurf-phony and Fox News-deranged.

Some rump. Just last month Gallup found that conservatives outnumber liberals by 2 to 1 (40 percent to 20 percent) and even outnumber moderates (at 36 percent). So on Tuesday, the "rump" rebelled. It's the natural reaction of a center-right country to a governing party seeking to rush through a left-wing agenda using temporary majorities created by the one-shot election of 2008. The misreading of that election -- and of the mandate it allegedly bestowed -- is the fundamental cause of the Democratic debacle of 2009.


  1. The Incredible Shrinking Man

    One of my all time favorite movies, circa 1957. Always will remember that incredible Battle with the Spider.

    He held that sucker off with a sewing needle

    I'm becoming hopeful we'll be rid of Obama in three years. Long time from now, much can happen, but much can go even worse for him too.
    And 2010 is looking better as well.

    They are having some difficulty getting to the 218 they need in the House to pass the Death Panels bill. May be delayed again, reports say. They're trying to buy off some of these blue dogs, probably with job offers and such if they should lose their seats in Congress over the deal.

    Thanks for the repost of the exploding muzzie video, that helps.

  2. The "realignment" bullshit continues. Now it is the Democratic Majority for the Ages that is in 'danger', when it was just six years ago that the Republican majority was guaranteed for "Generations".

    There was no "realignment" then, there is none now.
    The Federal Socialists are firmly in the drivers' seat. There is NO ONE ready to even begin to take them on, let alone challenge their majorities.

  3. While a single "Lone Wolf" attack in Texas causes the "Conservatives" to call for further police powers to be employed by the President referred to, by them, as a Communist, Fascist, Autocratic anti-American.

    What is in the beer you boys be drinkin'?
    Or is it the rum?

  4. I didn't see the part on more police powers. I suspect it is a matter of focus.

  5. My suggestion was for more people power and allowing senior NCO's and officers to carry side arms.

  6. Texas is a concealed carry State.
    Anyone can carry, if permitted.

    They may or may not be allowed to at Fort Hood, I'm sure the Army has its' own regulations that address possession of private weapons on the post. I do not have the foggiest idea what those may entail.

    Back in the day, we kept ours in the Arms Room, or at least we were supposed to.

  7. Went to the State Fair the other day, Thursday.

    The vendor count was way down, at least 15%, maybe more. The foot traffic, almost non-existent in the vendor areas. For the past few years that area of the Fair had been booming, this year, it was a ghost town.

    Even the super fatties were missing from the scene, this year.

  8. 1993 redux confronts Dems

    Of course, the 1993-94 political calendar was a time of improving economic news. The recession had ended in 1992 and unemployment was dropping.

    The budget deficit was declining. So the worsening job picture so far in 2009 and the dire warnings of a jobless recovery in 2010 make this cycle even more perilous for Democratic incumbents. The message is clear. The handwriting is on the wall. But can Democrats read it?

    The recent indication that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is considering a vote on healthcare reform this coming Saturday, blithely continuing as if the New Jersey and Virginia elections had not turned out the way they did, is evidence that she, at least, cannot read the writing on the wall.

    For the House to pass Obama’s healthcare bill five days after so huge a repudiation of the Democratic Party and its program is breathtaking in its arrogance. Voters all over America will get the point:
    The congressional Democrats don’t give a damn what the voters think.

  9. There is no difference between them, al-Doug, you should know that by now, all Federal Socialists, every one.

    That's why not one republican is voting for this Death Panels shit.

    No difference, all the same.

  10. A GOP Representative (forget name) reports that The Shooter called for beheading infidels in front of a bunch of doctors at Walter Reed.
    Doctors remarked about it, but somehow the train ran on.

  11. 10-4,
    Reagan = Obama,
    I get it.

  12. Hope Linear doesn't see this, or he'll commit Hari-Kari:

    Got a heck of a deal on a laptop @
    17 inch Hp
    Intel Core Duo
    4 Megs Ram
    $599 !

    ...reason: Has Vista installed, no big deal with free upgrade to Win-7

    Seems as tho I just corrupted something, tho, by moving my 32 bit Favorites over the network to the 64 bit laptop.
    Currently trying to restore the poor thing.

  13. ...they still had a dozen more here, so you might check local Costco for Vista Laptops.

  14. "How it was ushering in an FDR-like realignment for the 21st century in which new demographics -- most prominently, rising minorities and the young -- would bury the GOP far into the future."
    One thing that happened was that previously deep blue areas of upper middle class voters realized THEY were the targets to provide free everything for everyone, and suddenly voted red.

  15. Anonobob: That's why not one republican is voting for this Death Panels shit.

    'Death Panel' rhetoric is right wing agitprop, Obama says. Just think of it as not spending $5,000 for an operation on a five dollar dog.

  16. 10%+ unemployment in what used to be the greatest economic engine on Earth. We're all supposed to get out and push. Obama will steer.
    Posting from me has been light because Miss F just got back from the Philippines after five weeks, so I'm not a bachelorette anymore!

  17. roof, roof, roo...~

    Dougie Doggie,
    down the hospice chute.

  18. DR: Texas is a concealed carry State. Anyone can carry, if permitted.

    Same with deep blue Washington, ironically, but that doesn't stop whack jobs like the Mayor of Seattle from creating gun-free zones in places like the Seattle Center (ie. Space Needle), which of course are havens for criminals, since everyone they see is *supposed* to be unarmed.

  19. If I had known you were lonely, T, I would have introduced you to this lady.
    Beautiful work,
    Biker Facade.

    Giving Firefly

  20. The "Fort" is the gun free zone @ Hood.

  21. Scroll down the homepage, there's a pic of her @ work looking more human.
    Not sure why that pic is missing in the other link.

  22. My brother does glass art like that, Doug, he worships Dale Chihuly in Seattle. Trick is to cool it down slowly in an annealing oven, otherwise it will crack.

  23. Isn't her work rather exceptional?

  24. sucker's been "restoring the registry" for an hour.
    Think I hosed it.

  25. DR: The vendor count was way down, at least 15%, maybe more.

    Miss F reports the flight from Taipei to Seattle was about half full, she had two seats to herself. I don't know how airlines make a profit.
    What happens after Muzzies "disqualify" the last of their 72 virgins, and they still have eternity to go in Paradise?

  26. So what?
    "Dale Chihuly" puts her to shame?

  27. "I didn't see the part on more police powers."

    You snooze, you looze. Your patrons want the practice/observance of Islam banned in the US, on account of the whole damn thing being a terrorist organization.

    I think that was the gist of it. Check the suggestion box.

    (Whit says it is a terrorist organization but that we shouldn't officially acknowledge it as such, which I guess is kinda splitting the difference.)

    I was halfway into a bottle of wine and wandered off at that point for MBS (ixnay on the Mind Blowing Dinner) - MBS being the better part of valor.

    Leaving Constitutional niceties and questions of last night's sobriety aside, I am given to wonder this fine day: Would that make Trish's husband's upcoming assignment easier? Or harder?

    That's what concerns me.

    I believe it would most definitely make it bigger. Lot, lot bigger.

    Might hardly ever see the guy again.

    THAT'S not a good thing.

  28. If we had not defined them away,
    we wouldn't be here.
    But we did.

  29. ...and we defined US
    as crystal pure spirits.
    ...unwilling to commit a mortal act.

  30. Whit says it is a terrorist organization but that we shouldn't officially acknowledge it as such,...

    No, whit did not say that, however,
    whit does not see the whirled sitting under a rainbow drinking Coca Cola.

  31. whit said that berserkers shouting Allu Akbar while gunning down everyone in sight is a terrorist regardless of whether he is a lone nutjob or a member of a cell.

    whit also said that the most devout seem the most problematic.

  32. Thinking it might confirm my own beliefs about what lies ahead financially, I finally sat down with George Soros' The New Paradigm for Financial Markets

    Considering my disdain for Soros, I can only report that I should have known better. His book was an update of a previous book which was more of an "I,I me, me" tome. Needless to say, I regret sending him whatever it was that I paid.

    My idea of the new financial paradigm is that we drove our growth model/easy credit economy over a cliff and now America is moving away from the consumer society ethos while we take our lumps and work off our debt. Because of our reduced circumstances we will be forced to embrace many of the elements of sustainability.

  33. If we had not defined them away,
    we wouldn't be here.
    But we did.

    Sat Nov 07, 11:20:00 AM EST

    Where's "here"?

    If you're referring to the massacre at Ft. Hood, the chain of command failed. Now we have to find out why.

    Was someone unwilling to shitcan the MAJ because he was still under a service obligation? That's sadly plausible. Even so, he could have been at minimum reassigned to a nothing position until his obligation was complete. Was this particular command, due to increased scrutiny resulting from its rate of suicide, so keen/pressed to have every mental health position filled, meeting whatever other related numbers it felt it needed to, that it was not thought worth vacating that position for whatever length of time it would take to get somebody else in? Did someone fear marring a "model mental health program" through removal from service or reassignment of one of its officer providers? Did someone simply not want to rock someone else's boat because the object of concern was a Muslim? And a Muslim MD? Did somebody not want to make that news?

    That very well could be.

    Sorry for the misrepresentation, whit.

    Under the law, which is what counts of course for prosecutorial purposes, terrorism does not apply AFAIK. And though I am not an advocate of the hate crime concept or the legislation it gave birth to, that is quite likely the only increase in the murder charges to be had. And I give that 50/50 odds.

  34. Islamist terrorism is a sub cult of Islam. Islam would be doing itself a great big favor if it actively condemned and pro actively isolated and prosecuted the cults and their supporters.

    Iraq was not an Islamist state before our invasion to find WMD. That mission was expanded to the democracy crusade. Time will see if Iraq escapes the Islamist yoke, but it is still not clear whether it will be more Islamist or a more secular democracy.

    Turkey is becoming less secular, partly because of a lessening respect for the American model, and that is a critical but not discussed aspect of the rise of radical Islam.

    One of the consequences of the culture wars, especially in the UK and the US is that a coarsened culture, spread through media is threatening and shocking to socially conservative societies.

    The defenders of the status quo and the self-appointed social warriors to purify the Islamic faith have opportunistically exploited the shock and awe of the anything goes nature of current American culture portrayed by Hollywood. That is their business until they decide to attack American interests anywhere on the planet.

    Attacks against the US should never have gone unanswered in unambiguous terms, but it was. It never should have been treated as a criminal act, but recognized for what it was and was not.

    To date the national actors were Iran by plan and the Taliban in Afghanistan by default. Carter failed spectacularly in Iran and Reagan helped finance and create the mujahadeen. The result was a weakened Afghanistan, a less secular state and one left prey to the Taliban who went on to host AQ.

    After 911 we had the short time frame of opportubity to send an unambiuous message to AQ and the Taliban but we failed to execute. That opportunity is gone.

    We have not demonstrated the benefit of using American military to make social changes in Islamic countries.

    Small, quick and lethally targeted attacks on operatives and supporters of the jihadis would be far more effective along with common sense screening and security in the US. It would be far more sustainable than racking up long national wars to promote democracy.

  35. 'Death Panel' rhetoric is right wing agitprop, Obama says. Just think of it as not spending $5,000 for an operation on a five dollar dog.

    Every dog has his day...or some such...had his day...

    roof, roof, roo...~

    Dougie Doggie,
    down the hospice chute.


    Nice doggie, dead doggie... anesthetized anonymous doggie...

  36. Because of our reduced circumstances we will be forced to embrace many of the elements of sustainability.

    That's a fancy way of saying we're going to have to scrimp.

  37. Just how "Stupid" IS the "Party of Stupid?" Get this:

    The Pubs get to put up their "Own" bill as an amendment. Now, understand, this bill has absolutely NO Chance in the Universe of being approved. None. Zip. Nada. Less, way, way less than Zero.

    So, it's a "freebie." It's, basically, a chance to "make a statement." NO consequences.

    SO, what do they do? They put up a silly little piece of cheese that Does NOT Cover PREEXISTING CONDITIONS!

    The motherfuckers have to, by definition, be married. Not a motherfucking one of them has enough sense to find the office in the morning if they didn't have a Wife to Drive Them.

  38. Islamist terrorism is a sub cult of Islam.

    It's the active arm of the cult.

  39. Actually, I believe it's the Only one of the, as Rat describes them, Abrahamic religions that, when strictly adherred to, "Must" lead directly to Expansion, War, and Terrorism.

    If this was a "branch" of Christianity we would Prohibit it by law.

  40. Broader Measure Of Unemployment at 17.5%

    Also, Rufus, if we took the 'allah' out of it, we'd ban it too, as a secular monstrosity. For advocating the forceful subjugation of women, non-arabs, censorship, hell, you name it.

  41. @DanRiehl per Fox news, GWB and Laura spent a couple of hours at Ft. Hood, no photo op, no fuss, just their support to the families.

    While Obastard is off to Camp David to play golf.

  42. I could go get the link to GW Bush saying the President should not be the "Mourner in Chief".

    But what good would that do?

    As we watch Judgmental Standards of the patrons evolve faster than the H1N1 virus.

  43. What evidence is there that H1N1 is evolving rapidly?

  44. Anonobob...sounds like a superhero.

  45. And I'm really sick of hearing about H1N1.

  46. That it exists, at all, doug.
    That is evidence of its' rapid evolution. That it did not exist five years ago, and does today.

    Proof of its' evolution, at any rate.
    The rate of rapidity, a matter of perception.
    Time being a relative thing.

  47. A strong, silent, sexual, stealthy superhero!

    The President should have at least gone down to Ft. Hood. I can think of two or three reasons why he didn't, none of them noble.

    Heading out to the ball game....


  48. Los Angeles Times - Karim Sharifi - ‎3 hours ago‎
    The Afghan Foreign Ministry says a UN envoy's demands 'violated respect for Afghanistan's national sovereignty.' A NATO airstrike that killed Afghan soldiers and police threatens to worsen tensions.

    NATO Strike Said to Kill 7 Afghan Troops - New York Times

    Afghan ministry: NATO strike kills Afghan forces - The Associated Press

  49. When you come back, tell me why it would be expedient and prudent for the President to go to Fort Hood, but not Dover AFB?

    Why honor those killed by a domestic traitor over and above those killed serving on the front lines of the war on terror?

    Why elevate the Major?

  50. It would be playing into the terrorist propaganda plan, for the President to highlight the "successful" results of a lone wolf terrorist.

    Knowing, as we do, that the most dangerous terrorist is the "Lone Wolf" wacko. A copy cat, perhaps.

    Focus the whirled's attention on Fort Hood as a Presidential visit would, and the precedent for Presidential level reaction is set.

    Gaining ever more inches or bytes of coverage for the motivational encouragement of the next internal terrorist whack job.

  51. They had a political agenda, they tried to assassinate the President of the United States.

    So, is Charlie Manson a terrorist and Squeaky Fromme, too?

    If they were not terrorists, pray tell why?

  52. The President would be a distraction in Texas. Only a self-serving publicity hound like Florida Governor Charlie Crist would rush to the scene of the crime.

  53. Seems multiple shootings of strangers is not an uncommon thing.

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The lawyer for the man accused of shooting six people, one fatally, at an Orlando office building on Friday told reporters after a court appearance on Saturday that his client was “very, very mentally ill.

    This guy is a piece of work, no doubt of that, wonder if he is an Abrahamic, too.

    Mr. Rodriguez, 40, who was apparently unemployed, was fired in 2007 from an entry-level job at Reynolds, Smith & Hills, the engineering company where the shooting took place. A company spokesman said Mr. Rodriguez had been fired because his work had not been up to the company’s standards.

    “He had been given notice all year that performance was substandard,” said the spokesman, Michael T. Bernos. After that, Mr. Rodriguez had difficulty keeping a job and filed for bankruptcy in May, claiming assets worth less than $5,000, including a Nissan Xterra that did not run.
    Mr. Rodriguez is accused of entering the offices of the engineering firm and opening fire, killing Otis Beckford, 26, the father of a 7-month-old, near the reception desk. He then went into the common work area, the police said, and opened fire, wounding five people, who were listed in stable or good condition. Hours later, he was arrested at his mother’s apartment.

    According to an arrest affidavit, Mr. Rodriguez told the police, “I’m just going through a tough time right now, I’m sorry.” When asked by a reporter why he had opened fire, he replied, “They know why I did it; they left me to rot,”

  54. - ‎1 hour ago‎

    America's top general in Afghanistan believes Britain's 9000 troops should be removed out of "harm's way" because the Taliban will target them in the run- up to next year's general election, it was reported last night.

  55. Wall Street Journal - Nick Timiraos - ‎2 hours ago‎
    The US Treasury blocked Fannie Mae's proposed sale of nearly $3 billion in low-income housing tax credits to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. on Friday after concluding that the deal was too costly for taxpayers.
    Digest: Goldman blocked from buying Fannie Mae assets

  56. al-AnonoBob sounds like an entity irretrivably corrupted by the ROP.

  57. Sat Nov 07, 08:22:00 PM EST

    Only little Timmy knows
    what little Timmy knows.

  58. (CNN) -- A suspect in the shooting of a Seattle, Washington, police officer is also believed to be behind the bombing of four police cars, Seattle Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said at a press conference Saturday.

    Christopher Monfort, 41, remained hospitalized in serious condition after being shot by officers during a confrontation Friday.

    "This man, from everything that we can tell, appears to be a lone domestic terrorist," Pugel said.

    Monfort was in custody at the hospital, but no charges had yet been filed, a Seattle police spokeswoman told CNN. Charges could be filed as early as Monday, she said.

    Police named Monfort as a suspect in the Halloween night killing of Officer Timothy Benton, who was shot while sitting in his patrol car. A student officer was injured in the attack.

    Investigators also suspect Monfort in the October 22 arson of four police vehicles with homemade explosives, Pugel said.

  59. ...all we know is he's a blatant tax cheat running free.

  60. Christopher Monfort, Suspect in Murder of Officer Tim Brenton, Wanted to Be a Cop

    By Caleb Hannan in Crime & Punishment

    Another fellow pushed beyond the brink of insanity by life's pressures ...

    Or the product of a liberal arts education?

  61. General Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander in Kabul, holds the view that Britain's continued participation in Afghanistan will be more acceptable to an increasingly sceptical British public if troops are switched to less dangerous duties including "capacity building".

    His thinking, reported by the Independent on Sunday, is understood to be influenced by fears that the death toll among British soldiers, now standing at 230, could rise to 400 by the likely date of a British general election in May or early June next year.

  62. The unit Yon was with had horrendous KIA stats.

  63. Sposed to be having a blowout there.
    DJ recommended webcams.

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  64. Lightplane carnage continues:
    One of Buffet's boathands ate it.

  65. (I'm restoring my laptop

  66. That's pretty cool. I would rather be there live especially since everyone is walking around in shorts and a tee and I'm stuck here bundled up from head to toe.

  67. ...and surrounded by liberals!

  68. 189. toad:

    That’s gonna leave a mark:

    “Gun Control on Military Bases [Michael Ledeen]
    Lots of folks have wondered why there weren’t more soldiers with guns at Ft. Hood, and I’m one of them. Our younger Marine is home for the weekend from The Basic School at Quantico, and Barbara and I asked him if there were Marines with guns on the base. There are. Lots of them. And they move around all the time, checking places where Marines congregate, from classrooms to outdoor obstacle courses and parade fields and barracks. Apparently it occurred to the base commander some time ago that it was a bad idea to leave his men and women unprotected.”

  69. Took the lady cop 5 minutes from 911 call 'til scumbag was on the ground.
    Brave from day of birth, according to folks.

  70. Well. I had a lovely evening listening to bluegrass, complements of surely one of the most talented FAOs ever to walk the earth, while it poured outside and the temperature dropped to just that level that, given neither a summer nor a winter, drives ones fucking insane.

    Currently scoping out Christmas destinations. Medellin sounds good.

  71. And lest I forget: GO VANDALS!

  72. What can a goose do, a duck can't, and Nancy Pelosi should? Stick her bill up her ass.

  73. Well, they're going to pass it.

    It's a shame the bill has to be this bad, but the publicans are just too stupid to understand the playing field.

  74. Still got Harry to rely on.
    He'll get tossed out, but too late, and his family will control more of Nevada than ever.

  75. Evil Bitch'
    Richer than shit.
    Flys our 757 every week.
    Hires illegals for slave wages.
    Pays the Tunafish Guys 3 bucks an hour.
    Cruella the Crook.

  76. No joy in Moscow.

    Needing volunteers for a suicide watch for ol' anonobob.

    FSU Bulldogs up over the much vaunted Vandals, 31-7 at beginning of 4th quarter.

    Ms T?



  77. Cornhuskers defense beat Oklahoma 10-3 in what will go down in history as one of the ugliest demonstrations of Nebraska offensive ineptitude. Ever.

    Black shirts saved the day. Four interceptions setting up NU's only scores.

    Go Big Red!

  78. ah, the explanation for the defeat lies in the fact our quarterback, who is more than half our offense, was out today because of an injured hand, injured sometime last week.

    This new kid, who hadn't played all year, couldn't hack it.

    Linear, send me an e-mail, I've lost your address, due to the wife fiddling with the computer.


  79. I'm goin' back to bob.

    Almost spelled it onanobob.

    It was all Doug's idea.

    Cuffing the camel. Dusting the donkey. Flogging the Pharisee

    Robert Jordan, the main character in Ernest Hemingway's book "For Whom the Bell Tolls", also makes reference to Onan, the night before he is due to fight in battle:
    He smiled and thought: "I'll keep any oversupply of that for tomorrow. I'll need all of that there is tomorrow. There are no pine needles that need that now as I will need it tomorrow. Who was it cast his seed upon the ground in the Bible? Onan. How did Onan turn out?" he thought. "I don't remember ever hearing any more about Onan". He smiled in the dark.

  80. Muslim at Fort Hood blames army command for jihad massacre
    Typical evasion of responsibility.

    "Muslims at Fort Hood voice outrage," by Michael Moss for the New York Times via MSNBC, November 7:

    KILLEEN, Texas - Leaders of the vibrant Muslim community here expressed outrage on Friday at the shooting rampage being laid to one of their members, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who had become a regular attendee of prayers at the local mosque.
    But some of the men who had befriended Major Hasan at the mosque said the military should examine the policies that might have caused him to snap.

    "When a white guy shoots up a post office, they call that going postal," said Victor Benjamin II, 30, a former member of the Army. "But when a Muslim does it, they call it jihad.

    That's because that's what the Muslims who do it call it.

    "Ultimately it was Brother Nidal's doing, but the command should be held accountable," Mr. Benjamin said. "G.I.'s are like any equipment in the Army. When it breaks, those who were in charge of keeping it fit should be held responsible for it."...